Matthias Ekstrom has admitted that his failure to feature on the DTM podium at Oschersleben was entirely his own fault after jumping the start.
The Swede, who won the opening round of the championship at Hockenheim a fortnight ago, was caught out as he prepared for the lights in race two, where he started from fourth position.
"I was very confident but, when I was engaging the clutch, the car just started moving," he revealed, "I just thought to myself 'oh no, that's not what you wanted!'. I'll learn from this and won't take such a high risk again."
Receiving a drive-thru' penalty for his indiscretion, Ekström embarked on a strong comeback drive after losing more than the 22secs he trailed surprise winner Gary Paffett by at the finish. With consistently fast lap times, the Red Bull Audi pilot worked his way from 20th to seventh place, scoring two valuable points and defending Audi's lead in the standings.
"The car was very good in the race, so my mistake was a shame for the team, because I could have won today," he sighed, "But I have to look ahead now. After all, I'm still leading the championship. Two points in a race like this are simply a bonus - and would not have been possible without such a great car.”